5 Ingredient Meals + $100 visa giftcard giveaway

Today’s post is part of a series from BlogHer and Perdue Chicken called K.I.S.S. — “Keep It Simply Smart.”

A bunch of bloggers are going to be making their own lists about simplicity and time-saving inspiration in the kitchen. I don’t know about you, but this series is totally up my alley. Simplicity and time-saving ideas? Check and check.

So I’m super excited that my topic to share is…(did the cover graphic possibly give it away?)…5-Ingredient Meals!

Yep! No turning your kitchen into a tornado full of cutting boards, open cartons, spices and cans with these recipes. All you need are 5 simple ingredients to make some speedy meals that you, your friends and your family will love!

And even better, I’m really hoping that these simple guidelines will encourage some of you by-the-book recipe devotees to give improvising a try. Really, most dishes we all love boil down to similar ingredient patterns. Once you learn those, you can mix and match and start creating some of your own original recipes. I promise you can do it, and it’s really fun to get creative! So read on for my top ten list of ideas. AND enter to win a $100 Cooking.com gift card!!!

Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis — A fantastic 5-Ingredient Meal!

Again, these are just the basics, people. But trust me that if you follow these directions, the options are pretty much limitless for the deliciousness you can create. Also, for you vegetarians out there, just substitute your favorite hearty vegetables or tofu whenever the recipe calls for meat, seafood, etc. And now…drumroll please…Ali’s “Keep It Simply Smart” Top Ten List of 5-Ingredient Meals:

  1. Paninis — Bread + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Cheese + Sauce
  2. Quesadillas — Tortillas + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Cheese + Salsa
  3. Pizzas — Crust + Cheese + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Sauce
  4. Green salads — Greens + Cheese + Veggies/Fruit + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Dressing
  5. Quinoa salads — Quinoa + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies/Greens + Nuts/Cheese + Sauce
  6. Omelettes — Eggs + Cheese + Veggies/Greens + Bacon/Ham + Herbs
  7. Kabobs — Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Veggies + Marinade
  8. Grilled meats or veggies — Main Meat/Chicken/Seafood/Veggies + Marinade + Side
  9. Pastas — Pasta + Sauce + Veggies/Greens + Meat/Chicken/Seafood + Cheese
  10. Trifles — Crumbled Cake/Brownies + Whipped Cream/Pudding + Candy/Chocolate/Nuts + Fruit Sauce

$100 Cooking.com Gift Card Giveaway

How To Enter:

  • Leave a comment telling me how you like to “keep it simply smart” in the kitchen! Feel free to discuss meal preparation, pantry organization, time management, etc.
  • a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
    b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
    c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
    d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.


  • No duplicate comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. Winners will have 72 hours to claim the prize, or an alternative winner will be selected.
  • The Official Rules are available here.
  • This sweepstakes runs from 7/23/12 to 8/23/12.

Be sure to visit the Perdue Simply Smart Chicken brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggersí reviews and find more chances to win!

Like the PERDUE SIMPLY SMART Facebook page where you’ll find product info, recipes, and other tips from bloggers.

Chicken Caprese — Another Delicious 5-Ingredient (plus olive oil) Meal!

Leave a Comment:


  1. Betty C — August 19, 2012 @ 8:55 pm (#)

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/237381956449468416

    • Betty C — August 19th, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

      Please delete this comment. I had to delete the tweet to make a correction.

  2. Devin — August 19, 2012 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    I keep it simple by planning out meals for the week that are variations of each other. i.e. mostly chicken dishes, salads, ex. That way I only have to turn on the oven once a week to make a bunch of chicken at once. It’s a real lifesaver in the summer heat.

  3. Betty C — August 19, 2012 @ 10:21 pm (#)
  4. Rebecca Shockley — August 19, 2012 @ 10:48 pm (#)

    I like to plan a head the week before and have all the ingredients down

  5. Rebecca Shockley — August 19, 2012 @ 10:49 pm (#)
  6. Katie — August 20, 2012 @ 6:48 am (#)

    I keep it simple by using in season produce and adding other flavorful ingredients. This ups the flavor without a lot of extras.

  7. Deb — August 20, 2012 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Being organized in the kitchen is a great time saver for me. Menu planning then making a grocery list before shopping sets the foundation for organization. Planning on using left overs, especially meat also saves time and money.

  8. Emily Knight — August 20, 2012 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I like to keep it simply smart by pre-chopping basic ingredients like oinion, green pepper, jalapeno, and celery and keep them in the freezer in glad resealable containers. When making meals I can leave it out on the counter for about 10 minutes and then use a spoon to remove what I need. Then, I pop it back in the freezer until the next time. Saves on prep time and budget.

    I also tweeted the #sweepstakesentry. Find it at https://twitter.com/eknight74/status/237586640476971009

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  9. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — August 20, 2012 @ 10:55 am (#)

    I love this list! I keep things smart by actually having some basic pantry staples on hand to throw together a few different meals and by cooking a large batch of meat and freezing the rest for later.

  10. Erica Best — August 21, 2012 @ 7:28 pm (#)

    i love that i use fresh veg in fruit

  11. Carolsue — August 21, 2012 @ 7:29 pm (#)

    I try to enlist everyone’s help in the kitchen. I also ask for input on what we’re having so I don’t get any grief about what I’m making. And if someone doesn’t want what I’m making, they can make their own meal. No sort order cooking here,
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  12. Erica Best — August 21, 2012 @ 7:30 pm (#)
  13. Carolsue — August 21, 2012 @ 7:31 pm (#)

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  14. cole — August 22, 2012 @ 1:28 pm (#)

    I also try to do a ubnch of recipes based on the same ingredients.

  15. angie lilly — August 22, 2012 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    May be obvious but I keep my spices on two different lazy-Susans so that they are easy to find and quick to retrieve..no digging!

  16. angie lilly — August 22, 2012 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/238360700945321984

  17. Amanda Sakovitz — August 22, 2012 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    I plan dinners in the summer a week in advance so I’m not stressing out or rushing around at the last minute.

  18. Amanda Sakovitz — August 22, 2012 @ 2:29 pm (#)
  19. ewhatley — August 22, 2012 @ 5:33 pm (#)

    I’m obsessively organized so I make the most of my time in the kitchen by having everything organized, plan meals, do ahead/in bulk as much as possible and shop with a list at the grocery store.

  20. Sarah L — August 22, 2012 @ 7:50 pm (#)

    I redid the contents of my cupboards & drawers so that I have the things I use most closest to where I use them.
    Thanks for the contest.
    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

  21. Sarah L — August 22, 2012 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2012/08/win-100-cookingcom-gc-from-blogher-823.html

    “I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for submitting this comment.”

  22. Stacey B — August 22, 2012 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    One way I like to keep it simple is while I’m cooking dinner, I always clean up as I go. Once a food box/package is empty, throw it away. As soon as I’m done with a pot, pan, etc I wash it out and put it in the sink/dishwasher. By the time dinner is ready all I have left to do is clean up the counter top and stove

  23. Stacey B — August 22, 2012 @ 9:23 pm (#)
  24. LAMusing — August 23, 2012 @ 12:24 am (#)

    I make double batches of a few meals each month and freeze half so I can have a few nights where I just pull something out of the freezer and re-heat.

  25. Norma — August 23, 2012 @ 12:26 am (#)

    Meal planning saves time, money and storage space :)

  26. maria cantu — August 23, 2012 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    I do the meal planning and the 30 minute meals.

  27. anash — August 23, 2012 @ 8:14 pm (#)

    I do meal planning for every week so i get in and out of the kitchen! Thanks for a super giveaway!

  28. anash — August 23, 2012 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  29. Tauna Watt — August 24, 2012 @ 6:38 am (#)

    I would like to say that I love the “keep it Simply Smart” concept in the kitchen an there are so many dishes that I cook an love “MELTS” catagory but, the Prosciutto, Pineapple & Pesto Paninis — A fantastic 5-Ingredient Meal! is what I love to do in the kitchen so I would like to say thank you for the site but, also to letting me enter the contest!

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  30. Betsy Barnes — June 29, 2013 @ 3:56 pm (#)

    I’m all about keeping it Simply Smart in my kitchen, my rule is use as few ingredients as possible. I plan my meals by the grocery store sales ad’s and matching coupons. :)